Radio 4 Today programme - sexist comment

(10 Posts)
Puffinity Mon 30-May-16 10:42:54

Interview with another journalist about Janet Yellen (Head of Federal Reserve in US). Journalist says 'Janet Yellen is our warmest auntie, she gives us tea and cookies and tells us everything will be alright.' Am I mistaken in thinking no one would say a similar thing about a man in such a powerful position??? WTF?!

AHellOfABird Mon 30-May-16 15:36:00

Merkel is referred to as Mutti by some.

Crap, innit?!

Puffinity Mon 30-May-16 15:56:03

Rather! Tbf, they just (listening on iplayer) had a female scientist talking about a test that can be done by anyone who can cook - 'So that rules out half of all men, haha'. John Humphreys commented that that was sexist though.

PalmerViolet Mon 30-May-16 19:05:37

Iirc Merkel has courted the idea of her being Germany's Mutti, in the same way as Thatcher courted the idea of her being a "good wife" balancing the household budget.

Puffinity Mon 30-May-16 19:32:39

Violet it's discouraging how many women condone/ encourage sexism... I've lodged an official complaint. I feel like I'm being fussy but I'm not, right?

Backingvocals Mon 30-May-16 19:36:17

What a load of shit. She runs monetary policy in the world's largest economy. That journalist can fuck right off.

Puffinity Mon 30-May-16 20:05:16

Backingvocals Thank you, I feel I did the right thing now grin

Backingvocals Mon 30-May-16 20:19:18

after my sweary outburst?

I'm glad grin

Puffinity Mon 30-May-16 21:11:54

It left little room for imagination concerning your opinion, so yesgrin

deydododatdodontdeydo Wed 01-Jun-16 12:03:50

Traditionally parental names for powerful men seem to be reserved for dictators - "Dear Father", "Uncle", etc.

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